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Ask the Expert explores early emerging honeybees

Wisconsin State Farmer

Your local county UW extension office offers soil testing. Contact them for a kit to have a professional soil test done. This will provide an excellent results sheet detailing any amendments or additions you might wish to make to your soil.

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Cotton cloth project tracks soil conditions

Wisconsin State Farmer

The project was carried out by Extension Service agriculture agents from June 20 to July 15. They buried cotton cloths at five different sites in their localities: in a woodland, in agricultural fields with differing crop rotation and tillage practices and at a site of their choice as a way to identify differences in the rate of decomposition of the plant residues.

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Video helps volunteers take on aquatic invasives

Great Lakes Echo 

The University of Wisconsin Extension lake monitoring program is also working on new videos about species specific identification and their citizen monitoring protocol aquatic invasive species. Their long term project in the works is on native plant identification.

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UW-Extension’s guide to food drives

Kenosha News

Kenosha county UW-Extension:  As we ramp up for the major food drives right around the corner we should celebrate the generous spirit in our community. This year, for example, will mark the 29th year the Boy Scouts partner with local organizations for their “Scouting for Food” food drive, which has collected and distributed 6 million pounds of food since its inception. Another well- supported, major food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger”, sponsored by the National Letter Carriers Association will take place place in May. To date it’s the largest single-day food drive in the country.

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No potting soil needed for air plants

Oshkosh Northwestern 

If you want an easy-to-care-for houseplant without the mess of potting soil, one of the 650 species of air plants, called Tillandsia, are for you. For more information email Lawanda Jungwirth is a UW-Extension Master Gardener.

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SCN-resistant soybean seeds not immune from pest

Midwest Producer

The SCN populations are changing all around the country, but the way we manage SCN is not. ‘We are on the front end of a crisis similar to herbicide-resistant weeds and even costlier to farmers,’ said Shawn Conley, professor and Extension agronomist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. ‘From an agronomic point of view and to keep productivity high, this is alarming.

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Low lignin alfalfa trial data shows differences

Wisconsin State Farmer

Plots involving one of the two commercially available varieties of low-lignin trait alfalfa were conducted on Randy Dorow’s Triple T Dairy farm near Hortonville and the Nick Van Wychen crops farm near Freedom. They were overseen by Outagamie County Extension Service crops, soils, and horticulture agent Kevin Jarek.

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Winter maintenance for outdoor landscapes

The Dunn County News 

Also, Diana Alfuth, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator for Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties, will discuss considerations when deciding where to locate landscaping components such as raised gardens, play areas, and water features for a functional, but also beautiful and environmentally friendly landscape.

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Time to get ready for spring

The Journal Times

A local Master Gardener invited me to the UWEX garden event “Spring into Gardening” on March 11. Where can I learn more about the program?

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Use corn residue but don’t overgraze

Agri News

“The amount of grain in the field makes a huge difference in the amount of energy and protein the cow is consuming,” Drewnoski said during a presentation at the Driftless Region Beef Conference sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Beaver Dam 4-H member attended inauguration

Daily Citizen

Alexis Luedtke, Beaver Dam, attended the 58th U.S. presidential inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., through Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development as part of a week-long educational experience aimed at developing civic understanding and engagement.

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Journey House Community Garden source of pride for Clarke Square

Neighborhood News Service Milwaukee

Longfellow School, which has roughly 900 students, has been getting students involved with the garden. Journey House worked with UW-Extension and the Milwaukee SEED Initiative to add two beds on the side of the Journey House building. Students also worked with Bean Head Farm to install a living garden wall around the Longfellow playground fence. The Longfellow students helped take care of these sections of the garden and harvest the vegetables.

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